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Plutarch's Dualism and the Delphic Cult

Radek Chlup
Phronesis
Vol. 45, No. 2 (May, 2000), pp. 138-158
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4182641
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

The article interprets Plutarch's dualism in the light of the Apollo-Dionysus opposition as presented in "De E" 388e-389c, arguing that Plutarch is no dualist in the strict sense of the word. A comparison of "De E" 393f-394a with "De Iside" 369b-d shows that it is only in the sublunary realm of Nature that Plutarch assumes a duality of two distinct Powers; at the higher levels of reality the divine is unified and harmonious. If Plutarch fails to emphasize this point clearly enough, it is because his primary philosophical interests were ethical, not metaphysical.

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